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China suspends e-book platform for its ‘obscene’ content
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2019/07/19 09:36:54
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Qutoutiao, Bytedance, Chinese e-book platforms, Chinese censorship

Jul 19, 2019 (China Knowledge) - Chinese authorities have raised red flags and blocked three popular e-book platforms over “obscene” content. This ban effectively meant these platforms are suspended from distributing new works.

Qutoutiao's Midu Novels and Bytedance's Tomato Novel were ordered to freeze updates for three months through October 15. Jinjiang Literature City, which has more than 30 million users, was also given a roughly two-week suspension through July 29.

The Chinese government ordered these companies to implement stricter oversight to prevent the circulation of harmful works. The authorities wish to see the drawdown of scantily clad and suggestive book and app covers, which are believed to be a bad influence on youth.

All three app operators had responded to the regulators' actions and will temporarily stop updating its content to “provide a clean and proper online reading environment.”

In the gaming industry, such crackdowns by the Chinese authorities were imposed last year between March and December. The government suspended its news games approval and imposed stricter standards.

Some companies have engaged in self-censorship to avoid running afoul of authorities. Tencent closed its popular but bloody royal game “PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" and released a cleaned-up version called "Game of Peace" instead.

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